RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Boy George makes for an articulate and entertaining guest when he talks to Miriam O’Callaghan
(Sunday with Miriam, RTÉ Radio 1). The most interesting memories are not about the singer’s 1980s heyday, however, rather his upbringing in a London-Irish family. “In essence I’ve always been George O’Dowd.” He recalls the abuse he received in the 1970s for being of Irish ancestry and gay, and remembers coming out at age 15: “I think my mother was very surprised, not that I was gay – that was kind of obvious – but that I hadn’t told her sooner.”
Even now, George’s background shapes him: “I’m Buddhist in my aspirations and Catholic in my complications.” No wonder his band were called Culture Club.